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Apple's 3D OS X interface unveiled

Apple's 3D OS X interface unveiled

A series of Apple patent filings reveal Apple's new possible multi-dimensional interface for Mac OS X that could make better use of screen real estate by increasing the number of virtual surfaces capable of housing application and interface elements.

The most extensive of the filings, titled "Multi-Dimensional Desktop," was submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office back in June of last year. The interface enhancements could be candidates for inclusion in future versions of Mac OS X.

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8 comments
grantbav
grantbav

Regardless of this having been conceived of in the past, Apple will be first to the post because it will implement it. I think Apple has a good many of the industry's mainstays very, very concerned. A decade back Apple was on the brink of self destruction. Now it is a powerhouse of design, efficiency, power and money. I agree with Apple doing everything in it's power to conceive of, develop, refine, execute and "protect" great ideas. ** Even if they are a rework of an existing construct. ** I think a good portion of the more technically inclined Windows user-base has taken a hit to their pride having predicted for years Apple would melt down and fade away. Apparently not. Man I love selling Apple in our store. They make the whole industry appear to be standing still at present. Awesome stuff for us to have onboard.

Zpunky
Zpunky

Another dimension for clutter.

yobtaf
yobtaf

more sense than a touch screen computer.

chris
chris

Do you know what the patents are for? I mean, 3d desktop environs exist already.

metilley
metilley

Silicon Graphics (SGI)'s Iris machines (et al) have had really nice 3D interfaces since the early 1980's. As far as I am concerned, SGI is the leader in this field. Maybe Apple should consult with SGI.

Melar
Melar

What I love is how this will pass the non-obvious test for a patent when it has already been done before.

cupcake
cupcake

Apple knows what patents are for... implementation. I am curious as to how this ends up on our Macs... Apple always has surprises for their users.

jgmsys@yahoo.com
jgmsys@yahoo.com

Looks like Sun's Project Looking Glass. Of course, with Sun open-sourcing virtually everything under the, er, Sun, these days....funny how Apple thinks they can patent something that was already done by others.